Danville at Mount Gilead, 7 p.m., Friday
Danville (7-1, 4-1) gave up fewer than 100 yards in a 41-0 shutout of Centerburg in Week 8. The Blue Devils had three touchdown plays of 60 or more yards, and on the two times when the Trojans stopped Danville on third down, Reese Dorsey delivered field goals of 27 and 37 yards. Skyler Durbin had two 100-yard receivers in Corbin Hazen (6-120) and Brice Berger (4-103) to close with 292 yards passing, and also ran 12 times for 161 yards.
Mount Gilead (0-8, 0-5) scored in every quarter against Northmor on Friday, but the Golden Knights needed just 28 plays to score 54 points and win, 54-26. Hunter Trimmer had a good day with 115 yards rushing, and Garrett Casto ran once for 55 yards. The defense, however, gave up 12.3 yards per play, including 17.8 yards per carry and four TDs by 2,000-yard quarterback Demetrius Johnson, and allowed five TD plays of more than 20 yards. The Indians can probably hope for this week that Danville becomes turnover prone.
Centerburg at Northmor, 7 p.m., Friday
Centerburg (2-6, 1-4) and its limited offense was even further held back by a great Danville defense in a 41-0 shutout loss on Friday. The Trojans totaled 93 yards, 63 yards on 29 carries and 4 of 12 passing for 30 yards. John Sheasby had a team-high 30 rushing yards, and Joel Rings caught three passes for 24 yards. Sheasby also replaced starting QB Steven Schmitt behind center. It wasn’t any better for the defense, which gave up 477 yards. And this week, Centerburg will have to control 2,000-yard rusher Demetrius Johnson.
Northmor (6-2, 3-2) had to do very little on offense to down Mount Gilead, 54-26, last Friday. Johnson led the way with 10 carries for 178 yards, and the offense combined for 346 yards and seven TDs in only 28 plays. Johnson also had his best day as a passer, hitting 5 of 6 for 68 yards. The defense was a little porous, allowing the Indians to score the first TD of every quarter and to gain 372 total yards, but that was on 64 plays. Centerburg’s offense will need to work to pick off the Golden Knights this week.
Fredericktown at Cardington, 7 p.m., Friday
Fredericktown (3-5, 2-3) took Highland to the brink in Week 7, and bettered that last Friday with a 32-28 win over unbeaten East Knox. The Freddies gained only 222 yards on offense, but its defense played its best game by making five takeaways, three fumbles and two interceptions, one of the latter for a touchdown. Fredericktown also held the Bulldogs to just 69 yards rushing, although it did allow 301 yards passing. If Cardington gets back Mason Goers this week, he will become the focus of attention for the Freddie defense.
Cardington (2-6, 1-4) missed No. 1 rusher Mason Goers on Friday, and Highland proceeded to crush the Pirates, 62-10. Cardington QB Daniel Kill was ineffective, throwing for minus-6 yards on 3 of 11 passing, and the team ran for 137 yards on 34 carries. The defense allowed first-time QB Brody Matthews 169 yards and three TDs on only three completions, and over 300 yards on the ground. The Pirates will have to get Goers back to get its rushing game back in order, and Kill will need to keep the ball away from an opportunistic Freddie defense.
Utica at Northridge, 7 p.m., Friday
Utica (0-8) tied Johnstown in the second quarter of last week’s Licking County League game, but the Johnnies did not allow another point for a 34-7 win. The Redskins’ running game was limited to 14 yards on 19 carries, with Garrett Meyers the top gainer with 23 yards on five carries. QB Brad Potes made just 13 of 28 passes for 186 yards and one TD, but the team’s 200 total yards was less than half that of the Johnnies. Johnstown RBs Bryce Barasch (29-217) and Caden Calhoun (19-150) had huge games, so look for Northridge to use its RBs to the fullest.
Northridge (4-4) has lost four games in a row since a four-game season-opening winning streak, and on Friday lost a 17-7 halftime lead to lose to Heath, 35-17. The offense has at least 20 points in only one of its losses, and has allowed 35 or more points in each, mostly to winning teams. Alex Chalfant leads the rushers with 825 yards, and Cole Fox is a good backup with 449 yards. QB Jake Butt is not much of a threat, completing just 10 of 28 passes for 139 yards all season.